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5 Ways Women Can Drive Better Than Men

Driving is a skill that takes years to master. There are plenty of driving tips for both men and women, but the gender gap in safe driving habits seems to be widening. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2016, women were at fault for 77% of all car accidents where alcohol was not a factor. It’s important to remember that there are many factors that go into safe driving: experience, safety features, vehicle condition, and driver behavior. However, it’s also important to remember that there are ways that women can drive better than men. Here are five ways to become a safer driver today.

What is Driving?

Driving is the act of operating a vehicle on a public road. Driving requires that a person be behind the wheel, ready to operate their vehicle at any moment. Driving includes anything from parking to driving in heavy traffic to maneuvering your way through an obstacle course.

The Gender Gap in Driving

The gender gap in driving habits has been widening, with the percentage of accidents caused by women going from 74% to 77%. The differences in male and female driving habits are hard to pinpoint, but experts say that women tend to drive slower, be more courteous behind the wheel, and be more cautious. Men make up about 60% of all drivers on the roads but are also responsible for 75% of accidents.

One study found that men were twice as likely as women to say they’ve tried to race another car. Men are also more likely than women to drink and drive or refuse to buckle up. It’s worth noting that the majority of drivers (regardless of gender) don’t follow traffic laws while driving, which can lead to dangerous consequences.

While there are many factors that go into safe driving habits (experience, safety features, vehicle condition), it’s also important to remember that there are ways that women can drive better than men:

1. Drive slower – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that a woman is likely to be at fault for a car accident when alcohol isn’t involved if she’s driving faster than 80 mph. Driving slower may seem counterintuitive if you want to get places faster, but it will help keep you safer on the road.

2. Be courteous behind the wheel – Women tend to be more courteous behind the wheel by letting other cars.

How Women Drive Better Than Men

It’s important to drive safely no matter what, but it is especially important for women. Studies have shown that women are not as good at driving as men. However, there are some things that women can do to be safer drivers, like:

– Learn the rules of the road ahead of time

– Keep their car in good shape and maintain proper tire pressure

– Practice defensive driving

– Don’t drink and drive

Ways to Drive Safer Today

The first rule to safe driving is having a plan before starting your trip. Be sure to check the weather and traffic, find the best route, and adjust your speed in anticipation of any delays. The second rule is putting down your phone when you’re behind the wheel. Putting down your phone might seem like a no-brainer, but even talking on the phone can be distracting enough to cause an accident. Of course, it’s worth noting that texting and driving is far more dangerous than just talking on the phone. Whether it’s due to swerving or hitting pedestrians, texting while driving has been blamed for 387,000 accidents in 2016 alone.

Rule number three is buckling up in both the front and back seat at all times. In 2016, 18% of fatalities were people not wearing their seatbelt (from low-speed crashes). Rule number four is staying sober – drunk drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than sober drivers. Finally, rule number five is practicing patience and being courteous on the roadways. We humans have a tendency to take out our frustrations on other drivers when we’re dealing with traffic or surprises in our commute; however this behavior can lead to accidents. When you see another driver making a mistake or breaking the law, use your horn instead of getting angry or tailgating them (which could lead to an accident).

Conclusion

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of your time on the road. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve come to realize that driving is no easy task. There are many obstacles to avoid on the road, and it can be a challenge at times to keep your eyes on the road while trying to navigate a path around them.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to not only make your driving experience better, but to make it safer too. These changes may take some getting used to, but they are worth the extra effort. Do your best to remember these tips for the next time you get behind the wheel and I promise you won’t regret it!

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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